I’m a big fan of street food and Digbeth Dining Club is one of my favourite things about Birmingham. So, when I heard that my home town of Lichfield was getting it’s own street food night once a month, I was really excited. Lichfield Grub Club will be running on the last Wednesday of every month on Market Square. It is organised by the people behind Lichfield Food Festival and will be bringing a range of different street food stalls and entertainment from 5pm – 11pm.
Lichfield Grub Club
The very first Lichfield Grub Club was on Wednesday 28th March and as I’m at home at the moment, I just had to go along and check out the launch night. As I mentioned earlier, the event runs from 5pm until 11pm so there’s plenty of time to attend after work. I wasn’t sure how busy it was going to be and didn’t want to risk anywhere selling out of food, so I got into town at around 6:15pm.
Despite the weather being awful (it had rained on and off pretty much all day), the sun decided to make an appearance while I was in Lichfield and the threat of more rain certainly hadn’t put anyone else off coming out. Market Square was packed with people when I arrived – there were picnic benches put up on the main square with the stalls placed in the road along the outside.
There were a good number of vendors, each selling something a bit different. For the first Lichfield Grub Club you could choose from:
- Bare Bones Pizza
- Made By Leah
- Woodfired Pizza
- Knights of the Round Cheese
- Simply Brie
- Becky’s Bhajis
- POM’s Kitchen
- Yes Chef
- The English Indian
- Event Crepes
- The Angel Inn
- Trailer Made Cocktails
- Patty Freaks
The English Indian
If I’m being honest, the main reason why I went along to Lichfield Grub Club was The English Indian. The English Indian is run by Anna and James who are from Lichfield. They offer the traditional British fish and chips but with an Indian twist. Whenever I see The English Indian at an event, I always have to buy from them as I just adore their food. I did have a look around at the other vendors and a couple of other stalls caught my eye – however, I had my heart set on that spiced pakora battered halloumi!
Although the queue for The English Indian was one of the biggest, I knew I couldn’t miss out. I ended up queuing for around half an hour before I ordered my halloumi and chips. I’m not sure what spices they put on their ‘masala seasoned chips’ but they’re delicious. I always end up wishing I’d ordered double! The pakora battered halloumi was amazing as always – it’s not something I’d think of putting in a pakora batter but it really works, especially with the chilli jam.
As the area was so packed, I ended up finding a bench to sit on away from the crowds. If I’d not been on my own, I definitely would have tried to find a space on one of the picnic benches on the square. Once I’d finished my food, I headed home as it was getting a bit chilly. Hopefully next month the weather will be much better and I can get myself a dessert as well. I had my eye on a nutella crepe from Crepe Events! I also want to spend a bit longer there and enjoy the entertainment.
The next Lichfield Grub Club will be on Wednesday April 25th on Market Square.